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American Empire

Published 1942
Topics western

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: Dark Moon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2011
Subject: The story, for once
John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Roy Rogers, Charles Bronson... So many westerns were star vehicles. In this one, the focus is on the story. And the story is the post-Civil War development of the Texas cattle industry. I do not know about accuracy, but the film has more feeling to me of having been based in actual history than most other Texas cattle westerns (especially John Wayne's).
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2011
Subject: A few familiar faces
Pancho from the Cisco Kid, Leo Carrillo was the comic sidekick then and Jiminy Cricket, or the guy who did his voice was Gunty, but I thought he was Russel Hayden because he looked just like him, but I had to look it up and it was Robert Barrat..Turns out I'm that fool yessiree and I'm not gonna make it to 93..
A REAL gaff in this one was the utter sham of geography. East Texas along the Louisiana border is about as flat as the middle of Nebraska, but this movie has mountains there.. Unless the state of Texas just had an entire mountain range moved somewhere else I'm pretty sure they just made that part up and I'm also pretty certain we woulda heard about that by now.
Other than the director trying to pull a fast one on my sense of geography which is pretty darn good I liked this movie. I live in northeastern Texas so you can't kid me man..Shoot is sh*t with two O's.
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2010
Subject: This was VERY GOOD!
I highly recommend this film. It is one of the better Westerns I've seen... and I don't even like Westerns... I only watched this because it had a small mention about the American Civil War at the very beginning, but it held my interest and I really liked it quite a bit.
Reviewer: four hooves - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2009
Subject: A Very Good Western!
How did this one make it into the public domain??? This 1940's Western is both well written and well acted. With action and an interesting plot from beginning to end, it flows smoothly and engages the viewer. Stars Preston Foster, Richard Dix, and the lovely Frances Gifford. Also starring as the bad guy is Leo Carrillo, who went on to play Pancho, the sidekick of Duncan Renaldo, in The Cisco Kid series during the early 1950's. Recommended as enjoyable entertainment.
Reviewer: jimelena - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2006
Subject: Above Average
Two friends seeking their fortune in postwar Texas establish a cattle business. One has an ambition to become a emperor in his own domain. Through tragedy he comes to his senses.
You like cowboys don't ya?
Then watch it.
Reviewer: Therby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2006
Subject: Good one
Great western and the film is in good shape too.
Reviewer: Jah Gussi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2005
Subject: gmm
Reviewer: Bangkok Ajarn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2004
Subject: Good film
A surprising good film. It is more of a drama than an action western, but there are some pretty action scenes as well. There are some interesting characters and a fairly complex plot, for this genre, that is not difficult to follow. Some of the acting is a bit stiff and there is a lack of character development, but all in all, worth the time. If Hollywood still made westerns, it would be worth a remake with modern techniques.
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